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EdTech News – November

I’ve tried to focus this month on finding some good news stories from the world of EdTech. Some of us might be in another lockdown, facing (more or continuous) school closures and other uncertainties, so we can all use some good news. I’m glad to say I’ve managed to find some. 

First up is a story from Estonia, a country which is excelling at digital learning. Turns out the key is in early adoption and routine, so we’ll all be experts soon enough.

With knowledge from the above, it’s no surprise that Estonia ranks very high again in the list of countries which are best preparing their children for the future of work. “The best education systems are those that encourage students to analyze and think for themselves and create the right learning environments” according to the report. Developing critical thinking skills is crucial in this. For those of us who are worried about our children spending too much time online gaming. Rest assured, those critical thinking skills can also be developed playing fun games online! 

For some educators and students, it’s been difficult to make the transition to an online virtual learning environment, especially when it comes to social-emotional learning. There are educators, however, who use EdTech to develop social-emotional skills such as collaboration. Some teachers are convinced using platforms like Microsoft Teams and Google Classrooms in a non-restrictive way teaches students flexible thinking and self-control. Have a read here.

The main thing though is that students are engaged in learning and we all know EdTech can achieve that!

Adults and students meeting online

The Good News Broadcast Winners

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been running a competition with SchoolRubric and Clickview called The Good News Competition.

We challenged 11 – 14 years around the world to create a video that reported on good news or inspirational stories.

We had entries from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, India and Australia.

The truth is, it was very hard to choose a winner. But we managed to nail it down to the following videos.

We recommend you have the volume up so you hear all of the great things they have to say!

First Prize – Beau Starkey

Beau from will be donating his $250 cash prize to Greenpeace, and receive a Clickview licence for his entire school, as well as a number of additional prizes from SchoolRubric and Makematic.

Second Prize – Andrejs Monako

Andrejs will be donating his $150 prize to Little Heartbeats.

Third Prize – Ruby Vennemeyer

Ruby will be donating her $50 prize to the Dyslexia Association .

We will definitely be organising competitions like these again in future, so watch this space!

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